It’s been a while since I’ve really updated this blog and I do apologize to my readers. As described in my last post, it’s been a mad few weeks, far from my usual routine. A blend of personal and work events gives me little time to write.
But fester not for I wish to share with you about my recent experience judging Rekabentuk Malaysia 2010. It’s my second year running and I feel it’s a rewarding experience. More than just an experience actually. I feel great being able to play a bigger role in the Malaysian design scene and giving back to society.
Anyhoo, back to Rekabentuk Malaysia 2010. There are 3 categories every year; primary school, secondary school and professionals. One thing that amazes me is that ideas from the primary school kids are always the most eccentric and to some extend, the most creative! They can come out with the most outrageous ideas… But the sad thing is that as you move up the categories somehow ideas get filtered so much till it loses its ‘intensity’. Could it be because of our education system?
I’ve made it known before that I’m not too agreeable at our current school syllabus and approach to holistic education. I think there’s much to be done to inculcate creativity. And this is evident if you take part in this sort of events where you actually see the results of what’s being taught in schools.
What I gather from Rekabentuk Malaysia is that the general standard of design (from whatever field of study) is declining. This is evident in the quality of entries as well as the ideas generated. And not to mention the presentation quality. And this worries me till no end. How is Malaysia to be a modern, industrialised nation when the creative impulse is waning? How are we to thrive in an ever changing economy when we are not compelled to think out of the box? Shouldn’t creativity drive passion?
Honestly I do not have a sure-fire solution on how to solve such a complex problem. All I can recommend is that the education system needs to be revamped AND industries to be more involved in cultivating the grass roots. Both parties need to work hand in hand to ensure the government takes heed of this need so that in time we can see a marked improvement. 3 parties for one vision. The vision to be a renowned centre of excellence in design for this region is probably not too modest a target, don’t you think?